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In search of Colorado's Lost Lakes and Homestake Peak
August 1, 2008 —
Last weekend Mt. Yale (and lighting) defeated me. This weekend I'm taking on a new challenge, climbing the much-less-crowded Homestake Peak and, hopefully, finding the secluded Lost Lake lakes as well.
My fishing rod is packed and my fly case is jammed with tiny little flies - I find the smaller the better to catch high-lakes fish.
My route, however, is not as well prepared. My wife and I plan on following No Name road along the edges of the Holy Cross Wilderness until the road forks. After a bit of driving in 4-wheel low, we'll take the right-hand fork in the road. We'll camp at the end of the road, which is located at or above treeline, then attempt a traverse over to Lost Lakes.
The skies are clear for now, which bodes well for this evening's attempt. Should we not make Lost Lakes, we'll day-hike to the summit of Homestake Peak tomorrow in the a.m., and then attempt to camp at the lowest of three Lost Lakes Saturday night.
Lightning may, again, determine our route.
We will likely find no trails, or at least very few, and with that in mind we're going to think of this trip as an adventure into the wilderness - if we don't make it to our stated goals, we are promising ourselves to keep dissapointment at bay, remembering instead that the journey - not the destination - is where we find value in these trips.
That said, if I don't catch a fish I'm going to be mightily, mightily, dissapointed.
Wish me luck and I'll report back Monday with advice, photos, and a report of our adventures.
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